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Vintage Review: Prince or Chauffeur?

So, apparently the Williamsons weren’t the only people who wrote about men disguising themselves as chauffeurs — Lawrence Perry did it too. Prince or Chauffeur? sounds like a Williamson-ish title too. And that’s probably where the Willliamson comparisons should stop, because, while it isn’t really up to their standard, it is a perfectly satisfactory book …

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Vintage Review: Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch

Alice Caldwell Hegan Rice’s Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, the second best-selling book of 1902, is basically a grown-up Pollyanna, a decade before Pollyanna. It’s not really as good as Pollyanna though, or perhaps it’s just that books in which you’re meant to laugh at poor people don’t hold up quite as well as …

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Vintage Review: The Man in Lower Ten

Mary Roberts Rinehart wrote all sorts of different things — the small percentage of her works that I’ve read include mysteries, serious novels, funny novels, funny short stories, a Christmas story, and a memoir, and I mostly loved them all. But it’s her mysteries — and mostly her early mysteries — for which she’s most …

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